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Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Even by the squandring glances of the fool.s
To speak my mind, and I will through and through
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Duke S. Fye on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst do.
Jaq. What, for a counter, would I do, but good? Duke S. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin:
For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores, and headed evils,
That says, his bravery1 is not on my cost,
8 if not, &c.] Unless men have the prudence not to appear touched with the sarcasms of a jester, they subject themselves to his power; and the wise man will have his folly anatomised, that is, dissected and laid open, by the squandring glances or random shots of a fool. JOHNSON.
-for a counter,] About the time when this play was written, the French counters (i. e. pieces of false money used as a means of reckoning) were brought into use in England.
his bravery-] i. e. his fine clothes.
(Thinking that I mean him,) but therein suits His folly to the mettle of my speech?
There then; How, what then? Let me see wherein
Enter ORLANDO, with his sword drawn.
Orl. Forbear, and eat no more.
Why, I have eat none yet. Orl. Nor shalt not, till necessity be serv'd.
Jaq. Of what kind should this cock come of? Duke S. Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy distress;
Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility thou seem'st so empty?
Orl, You touch'd my vein at first; the thorny point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show Of smooth civility: yet am I inland bred,2 And know some nurture: But forbear, I say; He dies, that touches any of this fruit, Till I and my affairs are answered,
Jaq. An you will not be answered with reason, I must die.
Duke S. What would you have? Your gentleness shall force,
More than your force move us to gentleness.
Orl. Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you: I thought, that all things had been savage here;
inland bred,] Inland here, and elsewhere in this play, is the opposite to outland, or upland, Orlando means to say, that he had not been bred among clowns.
3 And know some nurture:] Nurture is education, breeding.
And therefore put I on the countenance
Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
If ever been where bells have knoll'd to church;
If ever from your eye-lids wip'd a tear,
Orl. Then, but forbear your food a little while,
Limp'd in pure love; till he be first suffic'd,— Oppress'd with two weak evils, age and hunger,I will not touch a bit.
Go find him out,
And we will nothing waste till you return.
. Orl. I thank ye; and be bless'd for your good
[Exit. Duke S. Thou seest, we are not all alone un
This wide and universal theatre
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
And take upon command-] At your own command.
And then, the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school: And then, the lover; Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eye-brow: Then, a soldier;
Even in the cannon's mouth: And then, the justice;
His acts being seven ages.] I have seen, more than once, an old print, entitled, The Stage of Man's Life, divided into seven ages As emblematical representations of this sort were formerly stuck up, both for ornament and instruction, in the generality of houses, it is more probable that Shakspeare took his hint from thence, than from Hippocrates or Proclus, who are quoted by Mr. Malone. HENLEY.
6 and bearded like the pard,] Beurds of different cut were appropriated in our author's time to different characters and professions. The soldier had one fashion, the judge another, the bishop different from both, &c.
sudden and quick-] Lest it should be supposed that these epithets are synonymous, it is necessary to be observed that one of the ancient senses of sudden, is violent.
modern instances,] Modern means trite, common.
And whistles in his sound: Last scene of all,
Re-enter ORLANDO, with ADAM.
Duke S. Welcome: Set down your venerable burden,
And let him feed,
I thank you most for him.
Adam. So had you need;
I scarce can speak to thank you for myself,
Duke S. Welcome, fall to; I will not trouble you As yet, to question you about your fortunes:Give us some musick; and, good cousin, sing.
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,"
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh, ho! sing, heigh, ho! unto the green holly.
9 Thou art not so unkind, &c.] That is, thy action is not so contrary to thy kind, or to human nature, as the ingratitude of
1 Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,] It is the opinion of the best commentators, that this can only be tortured into a meaning. Dr.